Audi’s Q lineup has already become very successful but apparently, it’s set to get even better. The Q7 had started its climb up while the Q5 attained new heights and the Q3 is expected to break even more records.
The Q6, which is similar to a coupe, was approved in early 2011. Audi is about to sign off on the three-door Q4. Meanwhile, the entry-level Q1 is said to only be a formality. The production of the Q7 in 2010 got a 37.1% boost to 47,700 units.
The Q5 rose by 32.4% to 155,000 units while 100,000 units of the Q3 will soon be produced in Spain. This means the Q range easily exceeds the quarter million unit mark.
The Porsche Cajun (a Cayenne Jnr) has yet to be included in the total. Based on the current Q5, the Cajun is set to start selling in 2013, and is limited to 35,000 cars annually. In theory, the Q6 may start to sell in 2013 when the Q5 is expected to receive minor updates.
But sources say that it’s more realistic for a launch to take place in 2016 to coincide with the second-generation Q5. With this time frame, the product planners will be able to implement a complete re-skin and they could make the change to the use of highly advanced and lighter MLB Evo matrix that will lead to improved economy, boosted safety and excellent dynamics.
Sometime in the early parts of 2014, a new model that utilizes MLB Evo architecture would replace the Q7. Its body is built from aluminum, it will be lighter by 300kg and it will be offered in plug-in hybrid form. The second-generation Q5 will be unveiled in the middle of 2016. It is derived from MLB Evo, is lighter by 100kg lighter, and is less nose-heavy than the model it is set to replace.
By late 2016, the Q6 coupe will be entered to fill the gap between the BMW X5 and the X6. The Q6 will be twinned with the five-door Porsche Cajun and the new Q5. The two-door Audi Q4, which is highly similar with the three-door shooting brake version of the Porsche Cajun, may arrive in early 2017.
It should be noted too the Q6 and Q4 were influenced by the flourishing X6 and by the unfortunate BMW X4. Audi is hoping to do better than the BMW, which produced more than 44,000 X6s last year.
Audi aims to outsell the rival as it provides a more appealing shape, a rear passenger compartment that’s roomier, improved visibility, a more convenient and exit, a bigger cargo deck, a lower loading lip as well as an optional full-length glass roof.